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Visit a Park Day is October 3
CPRS
Set this date aside as a day to encourage your community to come out and enjoy the benefits of their local park and recreation.

Tweet to share: Hike, picnic, watch wildlife, read a book. Visit a Park Day is Oct. 3. What will you do when you visit? #VAPD @NRPA_news @YoungProf_NRPA
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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Aquatic Recreation Supervisor I, Santa Barbara, California Click here to view the listings.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, Lake Arrowhead, California, Oct. 10. Click here for details.




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Boost your monthly vending machine income
Chicago Tribune
Chicagoans feeding dollars into park vending machines are buying granola bars and dried fruit instead of mini donuts and cheesy potato chips — and they're not complaining, according to a study by Northwestern University researchers released recently. It found that nearly 90 percent of Chicago park-goers said they were satisfied with the food in the new healthy-options-only vending machines.
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75 years of parks: Visalia planning celebrations
Visalia Times-Delta
Eunice Riso usually leaves her home in Visalia by early November and heads to the East Coast, to spend the fall and winter months with her family in Florida. But this year, she said, she isn't leaving town — at least not before Nov. 1. That's because she wants to be here to join other city residents at the Visalia Parks and Recreation Department's 75th anniversary celebration scheduled for that day at Plaza Park.
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Mission Peak in Fremont becomes crowded with photo-obsessed hikers
KPIX-TV
Social media may be behind the sudden popularity of a park in the East Bay. Visitors are scaling Mission Peak in Fremont by the hundreds, and nearly all of them snapping a selfie with the totem at the top.
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Shipyard site transforms into stunning ecological park
Landscape Architects Network
As cities grow and space becomes tight, urban planners and architects are taking a bigger interest in how, when and which spaces can be redesigned in order to take advantage of the existing land. The main intention is not to keep cities from growing, but to design a better environment inside them.
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YMCA opens region's largest indoor playground
Athletic Business
If there's one phrase kids universally loathe, it's "Don't run indoors!" The lucky kids of Bristol, Tennessee, however, are going to be hearing those three words a lot less frequently. On Tuesday, the Bristol YMCA opened a $125,000 indoor playground, named after former general manager of Bristol Speedway Jeff Byrd.
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Lodi seeks public input into recreation plan
The Record
For the first time in more than two decades, Lodi officials are seeking public input to determine priorities for its parks, recreation and arts resources. A key component of the city's campaign to establish a recreation blueprint is a public workshop. The forum will follow invitation-only focus groups of community members.
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RESOURCES


How does California rank in obesity rates?
Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, their annual report on the rates and rankings surrounding obesity. Access this interactive data to see how your state is doing and where you can make health improvements. Notable are the high-priority recommendations to make safe places for physical activity available to all Americans. Access the report.

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CPRS training opportunities
Playground Safety Certification in Diamond Bar in November. Details here.
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